Outdoors Mom

I'm a mom and wife, located in Indiana.  I've always loved the outdoors.  I'm an avid hiker and beginner backpacker. Actually, I love just about any outdoor sport. And I hope to share some of my adventures with you here.

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At Home Composting

As an outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, I believe we should all do what we can to be environmentally friendly. Going green doesn’t mean we have to make major lifestyle changes, it just means doing simple things like recycling and reducing waste. I’ve done things for years to reduce waste like not throwing away things... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Tips

All hikers and backpackers have learned some lessons the hard way. The best learned lessons come from life or death experiences. And that’s exactly what happened to me some years ago. The first backpacking tent I bought was a small one man tent, somewhat like a bivy and roughly the size of a nylon coffin.... Continue Reading →

Tree Hugger

The Day I Became a Literal Tree Hugger Many of my friends know me as a tree hugging hippie. This is the story of how I quite literally became a tree hugger. Many, many moons ago I took my son hiking at Indiana Dunes State Park. We hiked the dunes, which of course is a... Continue Reading →

First Hike of the Season

My first hike of the season was in February. Boy how the time flies when you’re behind on your writing. Morgan-Monroe state forest, about an hour from Indianapolis is a quick getaway for hiking, camping or backpacking. The two more popular trails, both ten-mile loops are the Three Lakes trail and the Low Gap trail.... Continue Reading →

A monthly practice

Check out my vlog on YouTube here.  My goal this year is to hike once a month.  So, what does that mean? And Why? For me, hiking and spending time in nature is a restorative practice.  A couple years ago I read “The Artist's Way” by Julia Cameron and I’m currently working my way through... Continue Reading →

In honor of all the Outdoors Moms


I’v always loved to be outdoors, camping and adventure are in my blood.  And this is how I became the outdoors mom.  It all started, of course, with my parents, who are adventuresome themselves.  Even now, in their 70’s, they still enjoy travel and adventure (though at a slower pace).  They are big believers in the family vacation, packing up four kids in a station wagon and heading out on the road.

MOM AND THE CAMPER Mom and the station wagon

Every summer we took a vacation, including one National Lampoons-esk trip across the country to California.  Most of these trip included camping because it’s an inexpensive way to travel for a family of 6.

camping The ole’ pop-up camper

Those vacations and camping trips are the stuff of legends, stories that are told and re-told, memories re-lived over and over again.   Those family trips have stayed with me all my life, shaping me, my…

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Why hiking?

Why is hiking my favorite hobby? Well, it's ineffable really.   John Muir probably said it best. I'm tired, nerve shaken and over civilized. A trip into nature, even a short one, is necessity.  Its going home, to my soul home. Where I can think, rest and begin to feel whole again. I dare say... Continue Reading →

Off the couch

You know it's been too long since your last hike if a 1.5 mile walk down the local parade route gave you sore legs.  I've been busy doing everything but getting outdoors. Maybe it's high time I get back out there. Leave some encouraging words in the comments.  Happy 4th of July. Stay safe out... Continue Reading →


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